Treatment of Prosthetic Valve Thrombosis: Current Evidence and Future Directions

Murat Biteker, Ibrahim Altun, Ozcan Basaran, Volkan Dogan, Birdal Yildirim, Gokhan Ergun

Abstract


Prosthetic heart valve thrombosis (PVT) is a rare but serious complication with high morbidity and mortality. The optimal treatment of the PVT is controversial and depends on thrombus location and size, the patient’s functional class, the risk of surgery or thrombolysis, and the clinician’s experience. Although surgical therapy has been the traditional therapeutic approach, studies with low-dose and slow-infusion rates of thrombolytic agents have revealed excellent results. This article reviews the various treatment options in patient with PVT.




J Clin Med Res. 2015;7(12):932-936
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.14740/jocmr2392w

Keywords


Prosthetic valve thrombosis; Treatment; Thrombolysis; Surgery

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